Australia New Zealand Food Authority Food Standards The Australia New Zealand Food Authority advises progress on the following applications and proposals for the development or variation of standards in the Food Standards Code (the code). You can get further information on each of these matters in briefing papers which are available. The Information Officer Australia New Zealand Food Authority P.O. Box 10-559 The Terrace WELLINGTON 6036 NEW ZEALAND Telephone: (04) 473 9942 Facsimile: (04) 473 9855 Matters at Full Assessment The authority has developed the following proposal and will now make a full assessment of it. Revised Standard for Ice Cream (P149). A proposal to develop a revised standard for ice cream, as part of the authority's, its current review of food standards. It is expected the revised standard will form part of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. The revised standard will include requirements for microbiological safety and composition and for mandatory labelling by weight, and will make provision for low fat and reduced fat ice cream. You are invited to present written submissions to the authority on matters relevant to the proposal by 8 April 1997. Matters at Inquiry The authority will conduct inquiries into the draft standards or variations to standards prepared at full assessment of the following applications: Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil as a Base for Artificial Sweeteners (A312). An application from Searle, a division of Monsanto Australia Limited, for the approval of a partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil as a base in Clause 3(b) of Standard A8-Artificial Sweetening Substances. In respect to the following 3 applications the authority has decided to omit to invite public submissions in relation to the applications prior to making full assessments. The authority is satisfied that these applications raise issues of minor significance and complexity only, and that to omit to invite public submissions prior to making full assessments will not adversely affect the interests of any person or body. An application for a review of the authority's decisions may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal by a person whose interests are affected by the decisions to omit to invite public submissions in relation to these applications: Testing for Pseudomonas aeruginosa (A305). An application from the Australasian Soft Drink Association in conjunction with the international Bottled Water Association (Australian Chapter) for the code to refer to an updated Australian standard methodology of testing for Pseudomonas aeruginosa in mineral water, packaged water and packaged ice. Extension of Use of Xylitol to Confectionery (A322). An application from Ferrero Australia Pty Limited to extend the use of xylitol to regular confectionery. Erythrosine in Preserved Cherries (A324). An application from Ardmona Foods Limited, SPC Limited, and Golden Circle Limited, to allow the continued use of erythrosine in preserved cherries. You are invited to provide written submissions to the authority on matters relevant to these inquiries. Submissions for applications A305 and A324 close of 5 February 1997 and applications A312 and A322 close on 19 February 1997. Matters before Council The authority has completed an inquiry into the variations to standards prepared at full assessment of the following application and has made a recommendation to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Council that the variations be adopted into the Food Standards Code: Xylanase in Baked Products including Bread (A304). An application from Novo Nordisk BioIndustrial Pty Limited, to permit approval for use of hemicellulase endo-1,4-beta-xylanase (EC220.127.116.11), as a processing aid in baked goods, including bread.